Outside GC is an innovative approach to legal services for growing and mature businesses. We are a team of senior business lawyers with substantial in-house experience who provide corporate counsel services as needed at a fraction of the cost of either hiring a full-time, executive-level general counsel or relying exclusively on law firm counsel. Clients typically develop a working relationship with one Outside GC lawyer and have access to the whole team for specific subject-matter experience.
Companies who engage Outside GC fall into two main categories: (1) those without in-house counsel who need regular, on-going legal support but do not wish to hire a full-time in-house lawyer, and (2) those with in-house counsel who do not wish to add more full-time resources to their existing in-house staff. Our clients may already have one or more law firms that they use (and probably like using), but find those firms too expensive (and probably not fast enough in responding) to use for their day-to-day legal work.
Like a full time in-house counsel, Outside GC attorneys can have email addresses on your email system, have an extension on your phone system, and take other steps to be part of your management team. With our prior in-house experience and substantial industry knowledge, we get up to speed quickly on your business and, like an in-house lawyer, develop an intimate knowledge of your internal systems and external relationships. We typically bill our clients on an hourly basis, but our rates tend to be much lower than what law firms usually charge for comparable experience. Contact us to find out how outsourced general counsel legal services can meet myriad needs for your organization affordably and responsively.
Outside GC structures client relationships in a flexible manner, to create the best fit for the companies we serve.
Generally, for clients with no pre-arranged time commitment seeking general counsel services on a pure on-demand basis, Outside GC charges an hourly rate that is substantially less than the rate charged even by smaller law firms. And we are always happy to supply hard estimates for specific projects, allowing you to budget and plan appropriately.
For clients who wish to have Outside GC act as de facto general counsel, with the attorney dedicating up to 2 days/week to the client, we often agree on a negotiated weekly or monthly rate. Generally, if translated into an hourly rate, the negotiated rates are less than one-third of the rates charged by traditional law firms for comparable levels of experience. And at two days per week, our rates are one-third to one-half of the cost of hiring a full-time general counsel.
We don’t charge for regular photocopies, domestic phone calls or other incidental expenses. We expect to get paid for our legal skills, not for our ordinary costs of doing business.
Contact us to discuss your specific legal requirements and fee structure.